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HC judge resigns to return to private practice

Justice Neeraj Kishan Kaul of the Delhi High Court has resigned to pursue advocacy again after less than five months in the judge's robes.

A source has confirmed to Legally India that he is looking at returning to practice as an advocate but the why is unclear.

Was it the pay? Was it the hours? Was it the boss? Or was it because he was tired of putting up with the ramblings of second-rate advocates.

He could not be reached for comment at the time of going to press but the Times of India also reported this morning that Kaul had submitted his resignation letter, though no reasons were given.

Kaul became an advocate in the Delhi High Court in 1987 and was made a senior advocate in 2002. In 1998 he was appointed as standing counsel for the central government.

His resignation is only the second resignation of a serving Delhi High Court judge after then Justice M L Verma had resigned within a year of his appointment in 1991.

Update 11:22 am IST: The Press Trust of India has formally confirmed Kaul's resignation, citing personal reasons.

"I felt I enjoyed private practice more," he told the news service, adding: "I felt I was better suited for a lawyer's job and I never wanted to impose myself on the Constitutional post."

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